Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church

Category: Current Issues in the Church

Mexico’s President Pushing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, ‘Stabs [Church] in the Back’

LifeSiteNews: The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused … More →

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From Indifferentism to Apostasy

Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some … More →


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Carl Anderson to Pro-Abortion Catholic Pols: Resign from Office! (BUT Stay in The Knights of Columbus)

In an article in The Hill, Carl Anderson, the leader of America’s largest Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, has called upon Catholic elected officials who support legal abortion—despite their personal views—to resign from public office. Anderson urged them to embrace what he described as “the John F. Kennedy option,” invoking the words of JFK in his September, 1960 speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. … More →


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Interview With Underground Bishop on Vatican Dialogue With Beijing

Vatican Insider, Gianni Valenti: A “Chinese Bishops’ Conference in communion with the Pope” is “what we hope to see and that for which we have been praying for a long time”: the viewpoint of Joseph Wei Jingyi, the “clandestine” Catholic bishop in Qiqihar, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Wei is a known member of the so-called “clandestine” Chinese Church: an unfortunate and misleading term used … More →

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There Never Was a Time for Cozy Catholicism, Especially Not Now

National Catholic Register, Msgr. Charles Pope: There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, … More →


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Pro-Kasperite Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Vatican expert Dr. Sandro Magister revealed yesterday – a day before the announcement was officially made – the troubling news that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of the Pontifical  John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia is already the head of the Pontifical Council for … More →

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China: Vatican Paper Honors Underground Bishop Who Recently Died at 93

He was in prisons, forced labor, and house arrest for 35 years. Catholic Culture: L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute Bishop Vincent Huang Shoucheng of Xiapu (Funing), who recently died at the age of 93 and whose ministry was not recognized by the Communist government. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Cardinal Zen Unloads His Heart, Having Been Forced to Defend Himself From Even His Friends

AsiaNews: After three weeks (11 June – 2 July) of terrible battle against the attack of a virus called “Mycoplasma pneumoniae” I am back to my religious house for a long recovery. But here I am being told that I was subject to another kind of attack, on the prestigious pages of “La Stampa”, from my “friend” Gianni Valente. Full personal comments here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →

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Italian Bishop Says Islam Is in an ‘Ongoing Assault on Christianity’

Catholic Culture: A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. “It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro diocese. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Secret Negotiations Going on Between Vatican and Beijing

As with every jurisdictional Vatican compromise with Communist governments the one in the offing smells of betrayal. There have been four secret meetings between Vatican representatives and Chinese government officials in the past two years, the most recent being at the end of April. Cardinal Zen, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is not at all optimistic. He does not trust anything that Beijing would offer: “We … More →

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New Book on Communist Persecution of the Church in Eastern Europe

Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald: Last week I wrote about volume I of The God of the Gulag, Jonathan Luxmoore’s study of the 70-year Communist persecution of Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe. Having now read volume II, “Martyrs in an Age of Secularism”, which roughly covers the period after the death of Stalin in 1953 until the collapse of Communism in 1989-1990, I asked Luxmoore: what had inspired … More →

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ISIS Murderers Kill Priest Offering Mass in France

Get Religion, Terry Mattingly: So an elderly Catholic priest was killed by terrorists in France. These basic facts are at the heart of the latest horror story from the very tense continent of Europe. As you would imagine, a story of this kind will almost certainly include a number of poignant details that, for those with the eyes to see, are loaded with symbolism. How many … More →

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Four-Part Radio Series: The Warnings of Fatima Are Here

Cross posting from Veritas Radio Network site… Mandeville, LA – Mike Church begins a 4 part series looking into the Miracle of The Sun and the events that preceded them in Fatima Portugal. Mike will be joined by Christopher Ferrara. In testimony to EU in 2012 Chris Ferrara stated the following: “And we are here today to ask that this body consider endorsing the motion to … More →


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China: Museum to Open Celebrating Execution of Catholic Saint

AsiaNews: Village authorities in Dingan, Guangxi, plan to celebrate the expulsion of Catholic foreigners from their area by opening a museum to celebrate Zhang Mingfeng, a magistrate from the Qing era who sentenced a missionary saint to death. The celebration includes a poetry contest. The new facility includes a six metre bronze mural showing the missionary confined in a cage. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, … More →

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Cardinal Schönborn Says Amoris Laetitia is Binding Doctrine

Maike Hickson, writing for onepeterfive.com: Austrian Catholic website kath.net reports that on 7 July, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn published an interview in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which he said that Amoris Laetitia is a binding doctrinal document. From now on, says Schönborn, all the previous magisterial texts concerning marriage and the family “have to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia.” Schönborn also said … More →


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